What is Overwatch 2?

What adult sponsors, parents, and players need to know about Overwatch 2

Updated over a week ago

Overwatch 2 is a team-based, multiplayer, first-person hero action game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. Overwatch 2 is rated T for Teen.

What's the game objective of Overwatch 2?

Overwatch 2 is a colorful, team-based, fantasy action game starring a diverse cast of powerful heroes. Build a team, travel the world, and compete in exhilarating 5v5 objective-based combat. Overwatch 2 requires tremendous critical thinking, teamwork, and creativity from players to control objectives and influence the match's outcome.

Which heroes, modes, and maps can I choose from?

Players select from a pool of over 30 different heroes for their matches. Competitive Game Modes, and the maps for each mode, are set at the start of each season. View the international cast of powerful heroes in Overwatch 2.

What is the match format?

Teams of five players will compete in a Best of Five (Bo5) format against one another, rotating through different Overwatch 2 Game Modes and Maps. Players will utilize heroes with their own set of skills and abilities to fill unique roles on the team and work together to attack, defend, or control the objectives and win the game. The first team to win 3 individual games will be awarded the win for the match.

What platform will the game be played on?

While we recommend competing on PC, as this is the main platform used by the highest level of competition, Overwatch 2 offers crossplay capabilities and players can compete with any available platforms supported by the game. Currently, the available platforms are:

  • Windows (PC)

  • Playstation 4/5

  • Xbox One/Series X/S

  • Nintendo Switch

What days will Overwatch 2 be played on?

Overwatch 2’s official match days will be on Wednesdays.

What hardware or software will be required to play?

  • PC Requirements (Per Player)

    • PC with the minimum/recommended requirements as found here

    • Mouse & Keyboard

    • Headset with microphone for team communication

    • Battle.net Account with an Overwatch 2 installed

  • Playstation Requirements (Per Player)

  • Xbox One Requirements (Per Player)

    • Copy of Overwatch 2 for the Xbox One/Series X/S

    • Xbox Console & Compatible Controller

    • Headset with microphone for team communication

    • An active Xbox Live Account & Subscription

  • Nintendo Switch Requirements (Per Player)

    • Copy of Overwatch 2 for the Nintendo Switch

    • Nintendo Switch Console & Compatible Controller

    • Headset with microphone for team communication

Will aim-assist be supported?

Currently controller aim-assist will be automatically turned off in any cross-play matches involving any PC players. Due to this we heavily suggest competing on PC as opposed to console.

Where can I find resources to improve my play?

Many professional Overwatch 2 players provide tutorials and useful information on YouTube. This can range from extensive guides on specific heroes and game modes to general beginner’s guides to the gameplay. Top players will also show their matches on YouTube and Twitch to explain their mindset and reasonings. With this in mind, record and review your team’s matches to help them overcome their weaknesses and capitalize on their strengths.

How to Download Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2 is free to play. To get it on your school’s computers, follow these simple steps:

  1. Before you begin, ensure your computer has enough storage to complete the installer. Overwatch 2 requires about 22.5 GB of space.

  2. Once installed, open the Blizzard Battle.net App you just downloaded and log in at the top right-hand corner of your screen.

  3. From there, simply navigate to the Overwatch 2 Icon on the left side of the app and proceed to download the game.

To get Overwatch 2 on a console, head over to your console’s online store, search for Overwatch 2, and begin downloading to your console.

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